Find symbols for a number of concepts describe how you might use them in a photograph.
Our subjects are:
growth, excess, crime, silence and poverty.
I have found this challenge very interesting. I've carried a notebook around with me for several weeks while I thought about this. I was trying to think of symbols that are different not a cliche. Well that is extremely difficult. I've spent hours in the bookstores looking at book covers to see what ideas have already been used. For example crime novels tend to have either a dagger, drops of blood, a murder victim or graphics on the cover.
I also thought long and hard about how the photo might be used. I was reminded of the HSBC ads where they use an image and show it can mean the opposite depending on the culture. I thought of where this could happen within my subject range. An example is a photo of a child's hand in an adults hand. This could indicate growth on the cover of a political manifesto. Equally it could imply crime in a police poster.
I thought of various symbols for each subject. I then went through my photos to see if I could find images that might be able to be used. I came up with the following:
The industrial bee is often used as a symbol of hard work so I felt a good symbol for growth. I thought of many other symbols that are often used to represent growth. Plants, money modern skyscrapers. These are all positive symbols of growth. I then thought about growth as a negative and thought of cancer, over population, a different symbol would need to be used for these subjects.
Other symbols that came to mind were a finger to ones lips, a person signing (the silence of the deaf). I also thought of a butterfly, a white room with a single white chair in it.
Overall though this exercise has been really good for making me think about how I am going to get a picture to say what I want it to. It's no good my knowing what was happening if my image doesn't say it to the viewer who wasn't there. All the exercises in this module have made me think a lot about what pictures I need to take for the final narrative. Actually they are making me think in general about my pictures. What do I want to say, how am I going to get it really display those messages/emotions.